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Linnie Frank Bailey is a writer, blogger, journalist, published author and inspirational speaker. She has developed a distinct ‘voice’ that readers find refreshing.

Drawing from her own daily life experiences, Bailey 'tells it like it is' whether the subject is business, politics, parenthood, religion, or relationships.

Her writing is published both online and in print, and she has appeared on television and radio.

Linnie is Managing Editor of Valley Life Today Magazine, a recently launched magazine / journal which covers Riverside and the Moreno Valley area of Southern California.

In 2008, Linnie was a field organizer for the Obama campaign and was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She is also a delegate for the 2012 DNC and leads the grassroots group Obama Riverside..

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Entries by Linnie Frank Bailey

Washington Watch: "GOP Betting Against Obamacare?"

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 7:22 PM

The GOPers in the House are going for the gold -- voting for the 50th time to repeal Obamacare!

There are so many pending issues that need attention from our legislators (and isn't this why we send them to Washington?) Let's see....immigration reform, women's rights (fair wages), job...

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Washington Watch: 'Who's Your Lame Duck?'

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Are the Republicans in Congress determined to bestow upon President Obama "lame duck" status?

Since they won back the House in 2010, it sure seems like it.

Within the political realm, the term lame duck generally refers to a politician who is about to leave office and is awaiting a...

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Washington Watch: 'Christening Christie'

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:02 PM

The whispers concerning New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are changing in tone and scope. It was only a few months ago that pro-Christie whispers were coming from some Democrats who believed Christie might be worth supporting in the presidential race.

This was reminiscent of the Obama whispers from Republicans...

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Washington Watch: "Bridging the Internet Gap"

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 6:42 PM

The Internet Gap, or the more commonly used phrase The Digital Divide, persists despite almost 75% of American homes now having Internet access.

This week, the Census Bureau released its 2012 report: Computer and Internet Access in the United States. The data has been collected since 1984, and...

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Washington Watch: "Obama (Gently) Smacks-Down Congress"

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 8:04 PM

President Barack Obama delivered his 5th State of the Union (SOTU) address with a style and tone reminiscent of his early presidential campaign years. He spoke of unifying themes and appealed to our greatness as a nation. The Republicans seemed confused as to when to applaud and stand, and tellingly...

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Washington Watch: 'Obama, Where Are You?'

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 7:20 PM

The new year in Washington promises more of the same gridlock and partisan politics that have dominated for many years. If the president thought his reelection would end the Republican stubbornness and insistence on getting nothing done, he was wrong.

This year, we hear Republicans are ready to vote another...

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November 22, 1963: Memories of a Negro Child from Oakland

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:27 PM

We were Negro back then. It took me awhile to realize when the TV newsmen spoke of the Negro race, they meant me, my family, and most of the people in my Oakland neighborhood. For the adults, Negro didn't produce the disdain felt for the other N-word. But then there...

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Washington Watch: "Republican, Heal Thyself"

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 9:08 AM

I'm a life-long Democrat...and, given the current "face" of the Republican Party (Limbaugh, Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Cruz), I won't be changing parties anytime soon. It's too bad because I think we are at our best with a two-party system -- with ideas coming forward instead of threats.

Today however, the...

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Washington Watch: "September 30, 2013"

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:00 AM

September 30, 2013 is an important date for the nation's Congressional representatives. The end-of-the-quarter, it also signals the Federal Election Commission (FEC) deadline for collecting contributions for the quarter. The books close on September 30 as far as donations for the quarter.

This year, with a government shutdown and the...

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Washington Watch: "Breaking Bad"

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 9:27 PM

The GOP House leaders are calling it their line-in-the-sand, others are calling it the line-to-lunacy. The tea party-led House voted YET again to shut-down (or defund this time) Obamacare....and not only that, they tied it into the funding to keep the government going.

There are those who get so high...

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Washington Watch: "The Syrian Two-Step"

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 1:44 PM


Putin is at Step Five.

America -- the media, most of the politicians, and the people, are at Step Two.

Hopefully, the Administration is at Step 7 or higher.

Some of you get what I am saying here. Certainly,...

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Washington Watch: The Dream & The Wake-Up

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 3:33 PM

This past week in Washington there were debates on if Dr. King's dream of 50 years ago has been realized, while at the same time, the Administration considered appropriate measures for atrocities in Syria.


The naysayers were out this past week as the country remembered the March on...

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Washington Watch: "Obamacare???"

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 11:35 AM

For better or worse, we are stuck with the term 'Obamacare' to describe the Administration's health care reform law. ( is a law, in spite of 40 attempts by the GOP-led House to overturn it.)

Obamacare will be part of the President's legacy, and once it kicks in,...

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Washington Watch: "2014"

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 3:13 PM

The mid-term elections are coming soon. (Soon as defined by the political world.) The scrambling has started (began months ago) and we are about to see the beginning of the post-Obama era in American politics.

Nevertheless, Barack Obama will remain 'the-elephant-in-the-room' for quite some time. On the GOP side, candidates...

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Washington Watch: Week 27 - "Scared of Her?"

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seems to be a target of opponents even though she has not yet stated if she is running.

First, there were the Benghazi hearings, now the Republican National Committee is threatening to pull their presidential debates from CBS and CNN...

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Washington Watch: "Return of the Old South"

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 1:54 AM

"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired." Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist who fought for the right to vote in the 1960's. She faced many trials including being jailed and severely beaten. She fought not only the...

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Washington Watch: Week 25 - "Obama Steps Up"

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 3:16 AM

On Week 25 of his second term, President Obama spoke to the nation as a black man living in America. Reminiscent of the speech he gave on race during his first campaign, this 'impromptu' and unexpected talk before an afternoon press briefing surprised even the reporters who were...

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Washington Watch: Week 24 -- "After Trayvon Does it Matter?"

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 11:56 PM

Following the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, and recent news concerning the status of people of color in the country (particularly African-Americans), we are tempted to wonder if what happens in Washington really matters.

Let's look at both sides of the battle -- what we face, and why...

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Washington Watch: Week 23 - "The Greatest"

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 12:14 AM

This past week we celebrated the 237th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence.

Yes...our issues are many, and our Congress is in gridlock, and there are those who will never accept the diversity of our country....still, we can fight for our freedoms in ways others around the world...

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Washington Watch: Week 22 - "What a Week"

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 9:06 PM

"What a Week" -- Major Supreme Court Rulings, Senate Passes Immigration Reform, Obama and Family in Africa.

Supreme Rulings

The Voting Rights Act (from 1965) was gutted and southern states quickly reacted to suppress the minority vote. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop 8 were...

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